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In the television show South ParkSheila Broflovskimother of main character Kyle Broflovskiis Jewish and represents a caricature of the stereotypes associated with her ethnicity and role, such as speaking loudly and with a Long Island accent and being overprotective of her son. Jewish stereotypes in literature have evolved over the centuries. Harap cites Gotthold Lessing 's Nathan the Wise as the first time that Jews were portrayed in the arts as "human beings, with human possibilities and characteristics. Comedian Jackie Mason describes stereotypical Jewish mothers as parents who have become so expert in the art of needling their children that they have honorary degrees in "Jewish Acupuncture". The Jews of the United States. This stereotype enjoyed a mixed reception in the midth century. This originates in the Middle Ageswhen the Church forbade Christians to lend money while charging interest a practice called usuryalthough the word later took on the meaning of charging excessive interest.